Spousal Support (or alimony) has no math formula for its calculation. Spousal Support is based on a variety of facts and circumstances of a given case. There is also no rule that Spousal Support must be awarded if married for a certain number of years. And there is no rule that says Spousal Support cannot be awarded unless you have been married for a specific number of years.
The court will look at all of the facts and circumstances presented to it and use its discretion whether to award spousal support, and if so, for how much. The court will look to the following factors:
- The ability to work
- The ability to pay spousal support
- The parties’ needs
- The length of the marriage
- The parties ages
- The parties health
- Source and amount of property awarded to the parties
- Prior standard of living of the parties and whether supporting others
- Parties past relations and conduct
A court will choose whether to award spousal support the amount and type of alimony payment to be made based on the information presented. It is crucial that you have an attorney who is experienced and familiar with Michigan alimony law on your side to present a detailed account that will strongly support your case.
Whatever your circumstances, your case will be handled with the utmost care and professionalism to ensure you get the proper financial support or are not required to pay more than you should.